Just as supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt took possession of the city center for two days (and now nights), it peaked at 9pm on Thursday night at Camp Noul. The Germans in white shirts were seen all over the stadium and drowned the Catalan crowd, especially when Barça’s hard core went in at half-time and only came out ten minutes later. It was furious for Frenkieta after Barcelona disagreed in the first half: 0-2. It turned out that for one magical evening, Eintracht would be one of the biggest football temples in the world.
Eintracht fans were able to believe their fairy tale in two minutes after a week earlier from home. The ref dubiously awarded them a penalty 2 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away by Eric Garcia. Ex-Groninger Filip Kostic, who exposed the lawn on the left edge of Germany a week earlier, made the first of his evening. It turned out to be a prelude to much more beautiful things for the Germans.
Barca were now up 1 – 1 when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Ousmane hit the ball over the head. And nine minutes later, when defender Ronald Araujo shot close. However, a scenario in which Eintracht could expect more was unfolding. Barçal failed, the first 45 minutes missing Frenkie de Jong, the invisible Pedri and possibly too eager Gavi (he took a yellow counterattack by dropping Jesper Lindstrøm). La Masia’s small talent would therefore miss the first game in the semi-finals.
A beautiful bang Borré
Seven minutes before halftime, the Germans did not believe what happened to them when the 25-meter-long Colombian striker Rafael Santos Borré fired a rocket at his feet. He hit Barça’s goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen hard on the roof behind the goalkeeper. He wasn’t the only German surprised, just 30,000 others imagining themselves in the football sky in a second.
Coach Oliver Glasner’s Frankfurt rushed through the defense of the Catalans. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp stabbed his supporters at half-time, but the crazier thing couldn’t go on.
Or so it went in the second half. Lindstrøm’s counterattack was impressive and was only stopped by a shocking foul. 0 – 3! It was suitable for another strong performance from the Serbian number 10, who has matured enormously during his years in Germany and is one of its leaders in Frankfurt.
In the 70th minute it was time for Luuk de Jong to step in, but yes, 0: 3 … Ten minutes later, Memphis Depay, who had returned from injury, was added. It didn’t help long before Sergio Busquets scored 1: 3 shortly before, but it turned out to be close. In the 91st minute, he fired the ball into the far corner from the penalty area 1-3. Luuk de Jong got a 2: 3 chance two minutes later, but hit the side net from an almost impossible corner. Memphis were given a gift! The ref dubiously awarded them a penalty 101 minutes into the match, which was neatly put away by Memphisel. It was too late and right after 2: 3, Barça’s European campaign was over for the season.
The dream Eintracht Frankfurt wonder night came to Camp Nous. England’s West Ham United, who lost to Olympique Lyon led by Peter Bosz after a 1: 1 game: 0: 3, will face the semi-finals.
Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer and Teun Koopmeiners did not make it to the semi-finals of the European League with Atalanta. The Italian sub-fighter lost at home to Bergamo RB Leipzig: 0-2.
Hans Hateboer (r.) Enters the air duel with André Silva.
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For Leipzig, the next round was more than enough when the first game in Germany was over 1: 1. A little over fifteen minutes later, the German formation took over. Christopher Nkunku fired a shot from distance after 1 minutes, but the long shot couldn’t find the net for Konk.
Hateboer was close to the draw after about an hour, but saw that his efforts were over. Just ahead of time, Leipzig Nkunku ran out of penalty. De Roon, Hateboer and Koopmeiners were all three key players in Italian coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Van Bronckhorst with Rangers in the semifinals
Giovanni van Bronckhorst reached the semifinals of the European League with Rangers FC. The Dutch coach saw the victory of his Scottish formation against Braga after extra time 3: 1. At home, the Portuguese had won 1-0.
Rangers led 2-0. James Tavernier scored from the penalty spot, putting the ball in near the top left corner. Shortly before half-time, Vitor Tormena from Braga was also deported. However, David Carmo made a spectacular save. In the extra game, Kemar Roofe scored 3: 1. After that, Iuri Medeiros from Brage also received a red card.
See the results of the European League here